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Wednesday 12 October 2011

Legal challenges

From Barbara Henderson:

Under what grounds might a parent take on a legal challenge against her local high school converting to an academy? Is there a time limit? Any advice appreciated!

5 answers – add yours below

  1. alasdair smith said:

    There are different grounds. Some parents have successfully challenged the consultation process where flaws in the process can be identified. There is also a potential for challenge on the rights of parents to legal remedy over issues such as SEN etc. I recommend you look at the blog of legal expert David Wolfe http://davidwolfe.org.uk/wordpress/ If you want further help contact the AAA office and we can put you in touch with solicitors.

    12 October 2011 at 3:16pm
  2. Barbara Henderson said:

    I have seen the blog but don’t really follow whether I am able to take out a challenge and at what stage. So if there are any solicitors who you can recommend who are across the issues, I would like to be put in touch or get their names. Many thanks.

    12 October 2011 at 4:33pm
  3. alasdair smith said:

    I suggest you contact Rosa Curling at Leigh Day & Co http://www.leighday.co.uk/Contact-us

    12 October 2011 at 4:53pm
  4. dave said:

    Legal? forget it. You are up against the most extreme political power. To win under these circumstances, you must use ‘people power’. Create a local campaign, and get the support from as many parents and potential parents as possible. Do not let the other side ‘persuade’ you to be mild and gentle in your use of language and tactics. Politics of this type is a very dirty game, and it essential that you use the most powerful arguments and examples that you have access to, in order to create a citizen powerbase against the academy movement.

    If you do not feel sufficient anger at the possibility of the school becoming an ‘academy’, you have lost before you begin. Learn something about the long and effective history of the political pamphlet. Write with passion, and get your words into the hands of as many potential supporters as possible. The academy movement is a disgusting political evil, and it targets, in its early phase, areas where people are traditionally the poorest and least politically powerful. It knows that in these areas, most adults feel unable to engage figures of ‘authority’ on an equal footing.

    Meanwhile, the academy movement has obscene amounts of money available to run propaganda campaigns, and pay off awkward established local figures of power and influence. Poorly educated parents are promised that workhouse or prison conditions will encourage their offspring to elevate their status in society, and sadly, many of them accept this- a widely recognised psychological response.

    Vicious regimes, with arbitrary discipline, rigid rules, long workdays, an elimination of free time, and continuous attacks on individuality, have only one purpose. They are machines to produce drones, and willing ‘middle managers’ for a society reflected in the novel ‘1984’. Of course, the ‘leaders’ of our society are intended to be produced almost entirely from our so-called public schools.

    Do some research on Common Purpose, the sinister organisation that exists to ensure all lower ranking members of every political and governmental body sing from the same hymn book page, and offer a co-ordinated united front against ordinary citizens like you. Every evil regimented police-state society was created by initiatives like the academy program, constantly wearing down the will of the moral with the deafening drumbeat of “might is right” and “the end justifies the means” and “a free mind is a danger to all”.

    2 November 2011 at 9:10pm
  5. Amanda Petts said:

    My daughter has been let down by the academy that she attended for 6th form education. I was assured 2 years ago when the school convert to and academy that her education wouldn’t suffer. The head of Sixth form and the head of science left a year later and she has ended up with a U in her course work for applied Science even though she was marked as achieving a much higher grade by teachers in the academy. She was also signed off based on her achieving her target grade before the work was submitted. I am wondering about legal action, we are in discussion with the school but they still haven’t sent me minutes from meetings held nearly two months ago (these have been promised twice already), and a remark has come back unchanged. I have no doubt that my daughter would have achieved a C grade had she been taught properly.

    I would be grateful for any advice you might give me.

    Thank you

    Amanda Petts

    20 November 2013 at 10:04pm

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